historical fiction

Date: July 30, 2014
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations x 2 to Anola Pickett!

Congratulations to Anola Pickett! Anola won MOSCBWI’s fall conference scholarship contest for her story KATE’S OCEAN GARDEN. The conference theme is Seeds of Success.

Anola also received word that THE PRIVATE WARS OF G. P. CALLAHAN has been awarded a letter of merit in SCBWI’s 2014 Work-in-Progress grant competition.


Date: June 25, 2013
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations to Debra McArthur!

Debra McArthur’s middle grade historical novel A VOICE FOR KANZAS has been named as a Kansas Notable Book. http://www.kcfb.info/projects/kansas-notable-books.html

Date: May 29, 2013
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations x 2 to Debra McArthur!

  Debra’s essay “The Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854″ is now live on the peer-reviewed website Essential Civil War Curriculum: http://www.essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com/
  And Debra’s novel A VOICE FOR KANZAS was selected as one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year by the Bankstreet College of Education. It’s listed among books for age 9-12, in the Historical Fiction Category: http://bankstreet.edu/center-childrens-literature/childrens-book-committee/best-books-year/best-books-year-2013/
Date: July 17, 2012
Author: Colleen Ryckert Cook

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Heartlanders nominated for 2012 Thorpe Menn Award

Congratulations to Anola Pickett and Wyatt Townley! These Heartlanders are finalists for the Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence, sponsored by the Kansas City Branch of the American Association of University Women. The award recognizes excellence in writing by local authors.

Pickett’s middle grade historical fiction Wasatch Summer was published by by Bonneville Books, April 2011. Townley’s The Afterlives of Trees is a collection of poems published by Woodley Press in 2011.

Date: June 20, 2010
Author: Colleen Ryckert Cook

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Homeward-Bound with CROSSING THE TRACKS

On June 17, Kansas City welcomed hobo Iris Baldwin with open arms. Debut novelist Barbara Stuber celebrated the release of her young adult novel Crossing The Tracks (Margaret K. McElderry, 2010). Many congratulations and best wishes for Barb and Iris!

Date: June 12, 2010
Author: Colleen Ryckert Cook

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Celebrate Barb Stuber’s Debut CROSSING THE TRACKS

Join us to celebrate with Heartlander Barbara Stuber and the release of her YA debut Crossing the Tracks. Kirkus gave it a starred review, saying “Stuber’s tender, evocative style aptly portrays both the evil and the good while remaining emotionally true.”

Launch Party
Thursday, June 17
6pm – 8pm
1025 W.8th Street
Kansas City, MO

Watch the CROSSING THE TRACKS trailer

Date: March 7, 2010
Author: Colleen Ryckert Cook

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SRO at Laura Manivong’s launch for Escaping the Tiger

The masses were out to celebrate with Laura Manivong and her young adult debut Escaping the Tiger. Reading Reptile managed to pack in about 250 family, friends and fans last night and sold every last one of Laura’s books. But don’t fret! You can call the store and order one! (816) 753-0441. In the meantime, enjoy these pictures of the night.

Date: January 1, 2009
Author: Laura Manivong

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McArthur, Debra

Debra McArthur grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where her high school experience included church activities, choir, drum and bugle corps, and the kind of drama and angst that make a person really glad to grow up. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She has written eight nonfiction books for young readers. A Voice for Kanzas is Debra’s first novel.

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Date: October 16, 2008
Author: Tessa Elwood

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Dixon, Victoria

Victoria Dixon wrote, but did not publish “A Tribble Ate My Lunch: A Star Trek Cookbook” and has completed “Mourn Their Courage,” a fantasy loosely based on the battle for succession to the throne of China in 220 A.D.

Author: Tessa Elwood

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Anderton, Johana

Joanne M. Anderton aka Johana Gast Anderton aka J. M. G. Anderton

-  The Glass Rainbow, The Story of Depression Glass, Trojan Press, North Kansas City, MO, 1969, eight reprints. (pioneer work on subject), OP.
-  Twentieth Century Dolls, From Bisque to Vinyl, Trojan, 1971, OP.
-  Sewing for Twentieth Century Dolls, Vol. 1, Trojan, 1972, 1979, 1996. OP
* Sewing for Twentieht Century Dolls, Vol. 1, Hobby House Press, 1998. OP
-  The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Cloth Dolls from Rag Baby to Art Object, 1984, Wallace-Homestead Book Company, Lombard, IL 60148, OP.
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